No one blinked - Netanyahu canceled meeting with German FM Gabriel
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel went ahead with this meetings with extreme anti-Israel groups B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence (and another one to boot) and Prime Minister Netanyahu followed through on his threat to cancel his meeting with Gabriel.
Netanyahu's office said the prime minister wouldn't meet with foreign
dignitaries who meet "groups that slander IDF soldiers as war
criminals," referring to Breaking the Silence, a whistleblower group
critical of Israeli military actions in the West Bank.
The German minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was set to meet with members of
the organization during his visit to Israel and said Netanyahu's
cancellation was "relatively surprising" since such meetings were
"rather standard" for foreign diplomats.
Gabriel said he didn't want to be turned into "a plaything for
Israeli domestic politics," using unusually frank language in light of
the sensitive nature of Israel-Germany ties.
Israel and Germany have had a long, close and complicated
relationship. Israel was established in 1948 in the wake of the
Holocaust, when Nazi Germany killed 6 million Jews. The countries only
established diplomatic relations in 1965.
Today, Germany is a key Israeli trade partner and ally in Europe, and
assumes responsibility for the crimes committed during the Holocaust.
Both Gabriel and former president Joachim Gauck took part in Holocaust
memorial events in Israel on Monday.
When he met with Rivlin, Gabriel
called the Holocaust "the most criminal action we did in the history of
But tensions occasionally flare up over Israeli policies toward the
Palestinians, as well as settlement construction in the occupied West
Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Germany, along with most of the
international community, considers Israeli settlements illegal.
Netanyahu's office said that foreign dignitaries are welcome to meet
with civil society representatives, but that the prime minister "will
not meet with those who lend legitimacy to organizations that call for
the criminalization of Israeli soldiers."
But Germany more than any other country appears to be obsessed with financing the establishment of a 'Palestinian state,' and many ordinary Germans appear to be determined to finish the job
that Adolph Hitler started. This is from a 2013 review of Tuvia Tenenboim's I Sleep in Hitler's Room
Then, Tuvia and Isi schlepped their sacks full of
laughs and chutzpah and important ideas from one German city to another.
He had not intended to write about Jews at all. He had been
commissioned to write about Germany Today. “But the subject of Jews and
Israel kept coming up. It turned out to be a German obsession. Everyone
wanted to talk about it, fight about it.”
to Tuvia, the Turks and Muslims in Germany hate Jews. But so do the
Germans. “At least the Muslims are open about it. The Germans deny and
deny and then fly into a rage.” The German peace-loving, progressive
left - including “the feminists who believe in women’s liberation,” -
is colluding with Muslims who veil their women, keep them in the
kitchen, and refuse them prayer access in the mosque.
“The Germans can’t look at themselves in the mirror.”
I (and others) have written about the nature of
European Jew-hatred for many years now, especially about why Europeans
are ostensibly embracing the violent and hostile “Semites” among them
after having murdered six million of their assimilated or non-violent
“Semites.” European Jew-hatred still expresses itself by taking the
“Palestinian” side against the evil, Nazi Israeli Jews. They can feel
guilt-free, superior—even justified in having murdered so many Jews.
don’t know the names of their own political leaders, but they hang
photos of Mahmud Abbas in their offices and march for Palestine. They do
not care about what Putin did in Chechnya. They care only about
Tuvia took this message across
Germany. The young people of Germany wanted to hear him speak and
crowded the auditoriums. And they bought his book in record numbers. He
told them: “Hitler understood the Germans. He said: You hate them (the
Jews). Okay. Let’s kill them. Let’s act on what we believe.”
I'd bet that Gabriel thinks the same way. If the shoe fits....
Labels: Adolph Hitler, B'Tselem, Binyamin Netanyahu, Breaking the Silence, German anti-Semitism, Nazis
Who will blink first - Netanyahu or German Foreign Minister?
Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet today with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Last night, Netanyahu issued an ultimatum saying he would cancel the meeting if Gabriel did not cancel meetings he has scheduled with European-financed
anti-Israel NGO's. At first, it was reported that Netanyahu was referring to 'Peace Now
,' but it now appears that it's even worse: Gabriel proposes to meet with B'Tselem
and 'Breaking the Silence
,' both of which are guilty of libeling
Israel on the international stage.
Netanyahu was quite blunt
“It’s time to make clear to Germany that we too have red lines,” the official told Arutz Sheva.
“If it was a low-level meeting, it might have looked different. But
when the Foreign Minister comes here and goes to meet with organizations
that are working against the government's policy and against the Prime
Minister's policy, this is unacceptable."
“The Prime Minister would never come to a country like Britain or
Germany, where there are organizations that are working against the
government's policy, and meet with the heads of those organizations. How
would that country react if he did? There is significance to such a
meeting held by a foreign minister,” the source continued.
Gabriel apparently plans to go ahead
with his meetings with the anti-Israel organizations.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel responded
to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ultimatum on Tuesday,
saying that it would be "regrettable" if the latter decides to cancel
their meeting because the Gabriel's meeting with representatives of
left-wing Israeli organizations.
Speaking to German TV
network ZDF, Gabriel defined his planned meetings with representatives
of B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence and "totally normal."
Gabriel said that he
had only learned of Netanyahu's threat from the media and noted it
would be "inconceivable" for the German minister to cancel a meeting
with the Israeli leader if the latter met with figures critical of the
German government. He nevertheless said that "it wouldn't be a
catastrophe" if their meeting is cancelled, and that it wouldn't change
his ties with Israel.
"You never get the full picture of any state in the world if you just meet with figures in government ministries," he said.
Netanyahu has plenty of support
within the government.
Netanyahu’s ultimatum to Gabriel was backed on Monday by Deputy
Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), who said she "backs the Prime
Minister's decision to set a red line regarding anti-Israel
organizations such as B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence. This is an
important struggle against those who defame Israel in the world."
MK Yoav Kisch (Likud), who heads the Knesset House Committee,
expressed support for Netanyahu’s move as well, saying, "The German
Foreign Minister and any other leader who wants to meet those who spread
poison against Israel must understand: Legitimizing hatred of Israel is
out of the question."
But of course the opposition thinks Netanyahu should meet with Gabriel anyway.
In my not so humble opinion, Gabriel ought to be declared persona non grata if he goes ahead with the meetings with Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem. The European - and particularly German (read I Sleep in Hitler's Room
) - obsession with finishing the job that Hitler started (God Forbid) needs to be met head on. Especially on the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Labels: B'Tselem, Binyamin Netanyahu, Breaking the Silence, European anti-Semitism, German anti-Semitism, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Peace Now, Tzipi Hotovely
What a place for a tailgate party!
I have mentioned that there are some 'Palestinian' terrorists in Israeli jails who claim to be on
a hunger strike
In a move that's nothing short of brilliant, the National Union (Ichud Leumi) youth group has been holding a massive barbecue outside the Ofer Prison. The Ofer Prison is at the entrance to Ramallah along Route 443 and is the home of many high risk security prisoners. And the barbecue is enhanced by fans.
Let's go to the videotape.
The fumes have the 'Palestinians' fuming
The Wall Street Journal
reported widespread Palestinian anger over the barbecue:
Palestinian newspapers on Friday condemned the barbecue as another aggression against the Palestinian people.
“How can anyone barbecue with the smell of meat near political
prisoners fighting for their country?” said Qadura Fares, head of the
Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, which supports the inmates. He spoke at a
demonstration Friday by dozens of Palestinians at Ofer prison, north of
Various anti-Israel groups have joined the chorus of condemnation.
The Palestine Information Center, a primary center for anti-Israel propaganda, called the Israelis the “scum of the earth
Well. Boo. Hoo. (Read the whole thing
for a lot more reactions from the Jew haters and the self-hating JINOs).
In the meantime, the funes are having their effect. YNet reported yesterday that 186 hunger strikers have already officially dropped out
Momentum in a mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian security
prisoners last week suffered a blow on Saturday when all of the 84
prisoners in the Hamas wing at Gilboa Prison, and two prisoners in
Megiddo Prison, ceased to strike.
The break is the second to have taken place since the hunger
strike got underway last week, with 100 prisoners reporting that they
were dropping out just 24 hours after it began.
The latest sign of cracks forming in the unified protest, which
is being led by Marwan Barghouti—a convicted terrorist—comes just days
after 1,187 Palestinian security prisoners announced that they had begun
the hunger strike.
What are the 'Palestinian' demands? You won't believe them....
The demands included a provision that the Prisons Service install
public telephone wings, similar to those installed for criminal
The second demand laid out by the prisoners was that Israel
restore the procedure of two visits per month by prisoners' families.
Nine months ago, the Red Cross, which finances the
transportation of family members on buses from the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip to prisons, reduced the number of family visits from twice a
month to once. ostensibly due to financial problems.
The prisoners also demanded that visits be extended from 45
minutes to 90 minutes and that Israel not prevent immediate and extended
family members with security-related offenses from visiting.
Additionally, prisoners are also demanding that they be allowed to be
photographed with their families once every three months.
They've also asked for more cable television channels
. Yes, really. What they'd really like is to be in a 'prison
' like this one.
Palestinian guards confirmed yesterday that Ahmed Saadat, a leading
militant captured by Israeli troops in the raid, kept birds and flowers
in his quarters. Western officials said that Saadat in effect used other
prisoners as “domestic staff”.
An official told The Times that
Fuad Shobaki, the alleged moneyman behind a 2002 weapons shipment
intercepted by Israel, smoked up to five Cuban cigars a day and was
known as “The Brigadier” to inmates and staff. He was also seized.
and Shobaki were very much in charge,” one prison source said. “These
guys were running the prison. They did what they wanted, when they
But that prison was run by Britain and not by Israel. The Israeli Prison Service apparently still has some notion of punishment.
Labels: Ahmed Saadat, Fouad al-Shobaki, hunger strike, Marwan Barghouti, Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian terrorists
Israel to Abu Mazen: Stop Funding Terrorists
This was released today by the Prime Minister's Office.
You should share it as much as possible on social media.
Let's go to the videotape.
It goes to the core of the question of whether there CAN be a 'peace process.' Right now, the answer is clearly 'no.'
And the Trump administration - unlike its predecessor - seems to get it
If you want to stop terrorists, you shouldn’t be rewarding them or their families for their heinous acts.
The White House seems to get that: On Wednesday, Al-Quds
reported that Team Trump will demand the Palestinian Authority end its
practice of paying terrorists and their families and stop funding Hamas.
The demand is part of a White House plan to restart
Israel-PA peace talks — the subject of a May 3 meeting between Trump and
PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Peace talks or not, Trump is right to demand an end to
rewards for those who slaughter innocents. However fair Palestinians’
political gripes might be, it doesn’t justify terror.
Plus, as we’ve noted before, US taxpayers fund the PA — and they surely don’t want their cash rewarding terrorists.
Stopping those payments won’t be easy. The PA has dodged
past efforts to halt them, and Abbas himself regularly encourages terror
If only American Jews got it half as much as the White House does.
In the meantime, there was yet another terror attack
in Tel Aviv today....
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, martyrs salaries, Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian terrorism, prisoner salaries
NY Times publishes op-ed by terrorist, 'forgets' to mention his five murder convictions
A group of 'Palestinian' terrorists in Israeli prisons started a hunger strike on Monday. The group is led by mass murderer Marwan Barghouti
, the former leader of the Fatah Tanzim terror group, who has been in an Israeli prison for the last 15 years, and who was considered toxic enough not to be released as part of the 'terrorists for Gilad' trade of 2011.
The New York Times considers this such important news that on Saturday - in the middle of the Passover holiday - it posted an op-ed by Barghouti on its web site
, which made the print editions on Sunday. Barghouti refers to Israel's 'system of mass arbitrary arrests' as if there was no reason to arrest him. He complains that Israel has 'violated international law' for nearly 70 years, a period which goes back to independence and is clearly not meant to be limited to the post-Six Day War era. He refers to himself and his fellow terrorists as political prisoners.
There's one small part he left out, and which the New York Times did not bother to correct until late Monday, long after almost everyone who wanted to read the op-ed had (except for those who are keeping two days of Passover who would probably not find Barghouti persuasive anyway). On Monday, the Times posted this on its web site to correct the record.
Yes, that would be the same trial that Barghouti refers to in the editorial as a 'political show trial.'
I'm reminded of Gilda Radner's famous line upon being caught in a semantic mistake on Saturday Night Live.... "Never mind...." Too bad the Times took two days to fix the 'mistake.' But then, who would expect any better of them?
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, hunger strike, Marwan Barghouti, New York Times, Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian terrorism
Is the 'Palestinian' hunger strike #FakeNews?
Labels: hunger strike, Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian terrorists
Let them starve! UPDATED
'Palestinian' terrorists in Israeli prisons, led by convicted mass murderer Marwan Barghouti, are going on a hunger strike
Prisoners affiliated to the Palestinian People's Party (PPP)
announced they would undertake what has come to be known as the “Freedom
and Dignity” strike, according to jailed PPP leader and member of the
PPP Central Committee Bassem Khandaqji.
consultations with prisoners of various factions, PPP-affiliated
prisoners decided to join the battle for freedom and dignity on April
17, which coincides with Palestinian Prisoner's Day." Khandaqji said in a
The Palestinian Popular Struggle
Front (PPSF) also said on Sunday that prisoners affiliated to the group
would join the Fatah-led strike.
statement went on to warn of a potential “serious escalation by Israeli
authorities against prisoners after they launch the battle for freedom
and dignity, which will mark a turning point in the life of Palestinian
prisoners.” The group said it "urged the
Palestinian people to organize actions to support the hunger strikers in
their battle, both at popular and official levels."
meanwhile confirmed in an official statement on Sunday that prisoners
affiliated to the movement held in Hadarim prison would join the strike.
higher leading committee of Hamas-affiliated prisoners in Israeli
custody said it “completely supports the Freedom and Dignity hunger
strike, which an elite group of brave prisoners will start tomorrow in
order to forcibly obtain our stolen rights.”
warn the Israel Prison Service against bringing any harm to the hunger
strikers. Any delay in answering their just demands will explode the
situation inside all prisons. All prisoners will unite in the face of
all those who might harm prisoners and their dignity,” the Hamas
In the past, Israel has panicked by releasing terrorists who went on hunger strikes in Israeli prisons to avoid letting them die in prison. But Barghouti may be too big to let go. Until his arrest in 2002, Barghouti was the leader of the Fatah Tanzim terror organization that carried out many of the most murderous attacks of the Second Intifadeh (2000-04). He was convicted of five murders in 2004 and has been in an Israeli prison ever since. Barghouti is also regarded as a rival and possible successor to 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
since he is allegedly even popular among Hamas supporters.
But not all the terrorists are going on strike.
It was previously reported that all prisoners in Hadarim
prison would join, regardless of their political affiliation, including
those affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP),
Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad.
left-wing PFLP later said that despite its “appreciation” for
Barghouthi, it was not in fact undertaking the hunger strike, because it
was organized by Fatah without coordinating with all other Palestinian
Hopefully, this time, Israel will not force feed the 'prisoners' (as it has been forced to do by its 'Supreme Court' at times in the past). If they want to starve themselves to death, let them. This isn't about prison conditions. It's about politics.
UPDATE 5:24 PM
As usual with the 'Palestinians,' things aren't quite what they seem, as you can see in this series of tweets from Israel Radio's Gal Berger (translation follows).
Marwan Barghouti sent secret messages to the Hamas leadership outside the mail calling on them to pressure Hamas prisoners in jail to join the hunger strike that he plans to lead starting tomorrow.
Hamas announced that it will support the strike and that Hamas prisoners in the Hadarim jail will join it, but did not announce general participation of its prisoners in all prisons in the strike.
Barghouti expects Hamas' leadership to join the strike later after it gathers volume. It's estimated that in the First Phase more than 1,000 prisoners will participate; not all of Fatah's prisoners are participating.
The added emphasis is mine. Note that Hamas is really taking a 'wait and see' attitude, and that not even all of Fatah's terrorists - to whom Barghouti technically belongs - are joining in.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Fatah, Hamas, Marwan Barghouti, Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian terrorists
And again: 'Palestinian' stabs Christian British student to death on Jerusalem tram
A 23-year old Christian British woman was murdered by a 'mentally unstable
' (is there any other kind?) 'Palestinian' terrorist on the Jerusalem tram this afternoon. The terrorist was a 57-year old (so much for 'only' letting 'over-50 Palestinians' move around freely) resident of Ras-al-Amud, the area near the Mount of Olives. The stabbing took place as the tram rounded the corner at IDF Square, just outside Jerusalem's Old City.
Another woman, who is pregnant, was injured when the train stopped, and a man was hurt while trying to flee the assailant. They are both lightly hurt, MDA said.
The assailant has been identified as Gamil Tamimi, 57, a Palestinian resident of Ras al-Amud in East Jerusalem who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital, according to the police said.
Probably related to this Tamimi
- at least distantly. Israel is holding this paragon of virtue - at least until the next Terrorists for X exchange.
The Shin Bet said that Tamimi had tried to commit suicide by swallowing a razorblade while hospitalized. In 2011, he was convicted of molesting his daughter.
"This is yet another case of a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress choosing to commit an act of terror to escape his problems," the Shin Bet says.
So in 'Palestinian society' you can save your 'family honor' by murdering a Jew. Murder a Jew and and molesting your daughter is forgiven.
Anyone still think they're ready for peace?
Labels: Ahlam Tamimi, East Jerusalem, family honor, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Palestinian terrorism, religion of rape
When 'Palestinians' die and no one cares
Moadim l'Simcha, a happy holiday to all of you. I know that it's been a while since I posted on this blog - finding the time to sit down and write more than 140 characters has been difficult recently because of work. But it's been quiet today and I thought I would post something.
When does no one care if 'Palestinians' die? When they are killed by other 'Palestinians.' I've been saying that for years, but now, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the same thing
- to Russian Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov.
According to the statement, Liberman protested that the UN is ignoring a
number of killings and executions that have happened in recent days
among the Palestinians in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon, as
well as in Gaza.
“The international community’s ignoring dozens
of dead and wounded shows again the hypocrisy and the double standard
that the world employs by ignoring these grave incidents, while on the
other hand condemning Israel’s justified actions against terrorism,” he
Liberman, according to the statement, expects that the
issue of intra-Palestinian killings will be raised at the next meeting
of the UN Security Council.
Who does he think will raise it? Does anyone really care?
Mladenov’s office issued a “no comment” when asked about the phone call.
On Saturday, Mladenov issued a statement saying that he was “deeply concerned” by growing tensions in Gaza.
said that over the past decade the Palestinians in Gaza “have lived
through four conflicts, with no freedom, unprecedented Israeli
restrictions, a dire humanitarian crisis, high unemployment, an ongoing
electricity crisis and the lack of political perspective.”
called on all Palestinian factions to allow the Palestinian Government
to assume its responsibility in Gaza. “Gaza is an integral part of the
future Palestinian state and no efforts should be spared to bring about
real national reconciliation that ends the division. Leaders have a
responsibility to avoid escalation and bridge the growing divide between
Gaza and the West Bank that further fragments the Palestinian people.”
'Unprecedented Israeli restrictions'? Really? That would be news to East Germans, Hungarians, Czechoslovaks and ordinary Russians.
And which 'Palestinian Government' does Mladenov expect to function in Russia? The one that is in the 12th year of its four-year term? Or the Hamas 'government' which throws its opponents off building roofs?
No, the world doesn't care when 'Palestinians' or other Arabs die - so long as Israel is not involved. That double standard is anti-Semitism - pure and simple.
Labels: Avigdor Lieberman, Fatah, Gaza, Gaza blockade, Gaza plenty, Hamas, hypocrisy, Russia